September 12, 2012

Birchbox Review: August

Although I was excited when I heard the August Birchbox would be a back-to-school theme, I was disappointed upon receiving it.  Here's what I got & why I was let down.

Caldrea | Hand Soap

  • Birchbox description:  A delicious-smelling soap loaded with aloe vera & olive oil to soften hands.  Full-size, $10.50
  • My review:  This smells amazing, but it's $10.50, plus $5 for shipping.  I just don't pay that much for hand soap.  Also, a hand soap sample?  Meh...

Juicy Couture | Viva la Juicy La Fleur

  • Birchbox description:  This modern scent is a feminine blend of wild berries, mandarin & waterlily.  Full-size, $70
  • My review:  If my 6 year old niece were allowed to wear perfume, I'd give this to her as 6 is clearly Juicy's target age.

stila | smudge stick waterproof eye liner

  • Birchbox description:  Swap your plain black liner for this shimmery update - it'll make your eyes stand out.  Full-size, $20
  • My review:  I gave this eye liner to my friend Jenn because it was more her color.  She tried it, but said the glitter fell into her eyes.  FAIL.

Yu-Be | Moisturizing Skin Cream

  • Birchbox description:  This best-selling Japanese cream hydrates chapped lips, rough heels & cracked hands.  Full-size, $16
  • My review:  This was something else I was disappointed to see in my box.  First of all, why August?  Shouldn't this be something we receive in the harsh winter months?  Also, the teeny tiny sample size is kind of ridiculous.  I'll use it in January when I have "chapped lips" &/or "cracked hands" & report back.

Final Thoughts:

Of the three Birchboxes that I've received, this is my least favorite.  Aside from the hand soap, which honestly seemed like a crap sample, everything else in the box was too young for me.  I am a 36 year old professional woman.  I don't need glitter eye liner & wild berry scented perfume.

I'm not going to cancel my subscription yet, but...  strike one, Birchbox.  I'm not going to continue paying $10/month for a razor & hand soap.


Becky said...

I've thought several times about subscribing to Birchbox, but I've read as many negative reviews of them as positive ones. Plus, my internal dialogue is usually something like, "Just do it, it's only ten bucks...nah, it's ten bucks."

Claudia Huskey said...

I am with you on this one, I was less than impressed with the august birchbox. Though I will say I did use that lotion, it has a funny small, but I was having some dry elbows, and it helped!

ND said...

I got a completely different August box than you did (with the exception of the Juicy sample), and I have to say, I really liked mine. I got: Dr. Jart Water Infused Beauty Balm (it didn't work for me, but I was still excited to try a Korean BB), Larabar Uber, DDF Brightening Cleanser (which has a weird scent, but I like, and I also got a huge sample), and LiQwd Volumizing Spray. Becky - I don't know you, but go for it! If you hate it, you're only out a few Starbucks lattes!

ND said...

And I forgot to say that I do vary from month to month in regard to whether I feel like I scored something awesome, but it is still fun to get tiny treasures! My one and only consistent complaint is that they send me a lot of skincare products, when what I really signed up for is the make up! I wish that there were a way to indicate that in my beauty profile.

The Blonde Mule said...

Becky - you should totes do it. A) It's only $10. You can afford $10. B) You can cancel anytime. I've gotten 4 boxes & only 1 has sucked & even the one that sucked was still worth $10 because I got a free razor.

The Blonde Mule said...

Claudia - good to know about that stupid lotion. I'll eventually use it. All negative 1 ounce of it.

The Blonde Mule said...

Nichole - it's so weird how different these boxes are! I never get the same stuff as anyone else I know.

Agree - even when it's a loss (August), it's still fun to get a pretty box of bullshit in the mail.


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